This urban residence hall is a keystone of the George Washington University’s development plan. The design of the housing infill preserves three historic apartment building facades and integrates them into a contemporary structure extending through the block. Behind the facades are 14 affinity units with living, and dining areas and kitchens to reinforce community. A pedestrian passageway cuts through the center of the hall to retail and commercial spaces and student amenities on the lower level. Sensor-activated lighting, daylighting, and efficient HVAC systems maximize energy savings and performance. Green roofs absorb rainwater to meet the city’s stringent stormwater management regulations.
Learning to mitigate issues and finding solutions gives a unique perspective on how all components of a building are connected and how imperative an early coordination process is.